Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dockem Damage-Free Wall Mount for Tablet/phone


I had used dock connectors but I really need a wall mount system accesory. My wife is often in the kitchen. She want to drop my Nexus 7 into the wall mount for browsing news and weather reports, checking emails or watching recipes video.

Dockem's Damage-Free Wall Mount offers the cheapest and simplest solution for mounting any tablet or smartphone fairly well onto the most wall using 3M tape. It comes with two pieces of plastic and adhesive and you don't need to remove Smart Cover or case. Quick and easy to remove the product without leaving marks.

This is what my wife was looking for and it does the job exactly. Now I also use my android phone with Mount as a wall clock and get my Nexus 10 to watch movie in the bed room.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

OverDrive Media Console Free ebook downloads

Is there a way to check out and read free ebooks from public libraries directly to your Android device? OverDrive Media Console app allows you to download and play DRMed audiobooks directly to your phone and tablet, and cuts out the middleman (Mac/PC computer).

I tried it on my Nexus 7 and kindle fire HD. That is pleasant to use and it works just fine. Since I already had an Adobe ID, it was a piece of cake to download books from local library and finally read epub books.

This is a essential library app. However, the text often shows up blank and garbled and the page sometime is not loading. That would make you frustrate. Hope fix the issues. Overall, it's the a better way to read materials on the tablet.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

ChargerCity Microphone Stand Tablet Mount Holder


Are you looking for a complete music solutions with professional mounting product? ChargerCity Microphone Stand Tablet Mount with 360 Swivel Adjustment Holder can help you solve the problem. With the Holder, you are able to mount your 7 to 11-inch tablet for portrait or landscape viewing on the concerts, choir class, meetings, wedding and party.

I ordered it from Amazon. This product comes with two sets of four clips which slip into the edge of the holders and allows you to have different combination. Securely holding my Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1, iPad or Nexues 7 in place. It's very easy to use. Better than the conventional stand.

I attach this holder with device to my folding chair for scoring high school baseball games. Everything works fine. If you are a musician, highly recommend it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

GOgroove SonaWAVE Portable Stereo Speaker System

While I listen music on my Nexus 7, the built-in speaker is mono and not loud enough, and the headphones is good but I don't want to always wear them. Today I get a great little product from Amazon - GOgroove SonaWAVE Portable Stereo Speaker System by Accessory Power.

The Portable Stereo Speaker System has a cube styling with blue accents and back-lit LED glow. Its compact size let you easily carry on the go or just relax outside. I often strap it onto my bike's rear rack. The sound is room-filling stereophonic and the volume control supports play/pause/skip/previous. I have tried playing music from N7 and a flash drive. Everything works fine with awesome effect.

The accessory is extremely versatile, working with smartphones, tablets, MP3/DVD Players, Laptops and game consoles. There is three audio inputs: 3.5 mm stereo, mini sd card and USB flash drive. Another awesome feature is to charge battery via USB or AC adapter.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nexus 7 Calendar History for more than a month

I have used 10 years of calendar history in Google Calendar on my Windows XP computer for business purposes. After used "Google Calendar Sync" software for syncing with the same Google account on my Nexus 7, the tablet only gets about a months worth of prior events and appointments to the Calendar app, and others works fine.

Now I really need to enable the device to sync more history for doing business on a daily basis. Is there a solution for that? How to fix the issues?

* On your android tablet or phone, go into Setting > Date & Time, tap on "Set date" and change it back to your date like January of 2002.
* From Home screen, tap Settings > Apps > Manage Applications > All tab > Calendar, and press "Clear Data" and "Clear Cache".
* Go to Accounts & Sync, select your Google account and touch "Sync" button in upper right corner to let it resync again. After the processing is finished, reset the system date back to the actual date.

Organize/sort/group books in Google Books app

I have already purchased some ebooks from Google Play store on my Nexus 7 and want to build up a digital library. When I open them within Google Books App, I note there is no section to organize, sort, or group books. The other Android Ebook Reader apps like  Moon+ have the feature, but I can't find a way to import them or read e-library. How can I fix the issues?

The Google app lacks of organizing Books since now. Content providers, such as Google, Apple, Amazon, restrict the flexibility of your purchase and only allow you to use a single source of content, so you are unable to  transfer from one content to another. However, Amazon is the best choice, because the app has many version for multiple platforms.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Official Android 4.1.2 OTA update failed


I have rooted my Nexus 7 but not flashed any ROMs. The Android 4.1.2 is available. I go to apps to clear the Google Framework Service data cache and reroot the tablet to force getting the OTA update. When I try to install it, it runs and stucks on 20% along the progress bar with a spinning blue multi-faceted shape and a red warning triangle. Then the device just reboots back to completely stock Android 4.1.1 with no mods and no root.

How to fix official Android 4.1.2 ota update failed issues
* Make sure you have at least 90% battery for making it work successfully.
* Doing a hard reset by tapping Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset and pressing "Reset Tablet".
* Download the stock 4.1.2 image from Google developers web site and flash it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

OTA RootKeeper protects Nexus7 rooting with OTA updates


If you receive an system OS update on a rooted Android device like Galaxy Nexus and Honeycomb and don't want to make it to be unroot mode, OTA RootKeeper app gives you a solution for installing any OTA update and then you can still completely install ROMs and mods, increase performance and customize the tablet or phone.

The app works perfectly and fast on my Nexus 7 without any issues after upgraded from Jelly Bean 4.1.1 to 4.1.2 via OTA update.

OTA RootKeeper requires /system partition as Ext2, Ext3 or Ext4. It is easy to use. The app makes a backup of your root device and protecte it. Just granting root access within it and tap on "Protect root" button. After updating your device via OTA update successfully, it will restore from backup. YOu can also temporarily non-root the device to do something using the app.

Youtube video stops streaming when screen locked


I have got an annoying problem with the tablet 4.1.2 update. When I watch Youtube or other streaming video on Nexus 7, I often pause the video and let it buffer. If I lock up the screen, it will cancel the stream processing and stop working. I have to remove the screen lock and keep touching. It starts to buffer again from starting and then become complete. But there isn't any battery saving app. Is there a way to fix the issues?

This is a common problem on Android devices. You could go to Setting and increase the timeout period to 5 minutes. However, a "KeepScreen" app seems to be a better solution.

KeepScreen blocks screen timeout with the selected apps are actived. Very usefull for reading, browsing, or guide with Google maps. It also works great for streaming content while playing.

Friday, October 12, 2012

How to download Amazon mp3 songs to android device

If you have uploaded songs from computer to Amazon Cloud Player or had music collection on Amazon MP3 site, it is easy to download songs to your android tablet like Nexus 7, Samsung Tab or phone like Samsung Galaxy S3 over WiFi.

How to download Amazon mp3 songs to android device
* First you need to download and install the free android app called Amazon MP3 from Google Play store on your device.
* Launch the app, tap Cloud > Playlists. There is a download button next to your songs. Tap on it to start. Then you could find them under Device tab.
* When I try to streaming music and the N7 screen is locked, the app fails to buffer properly and I have to unlock to make it to work.

How To Manually Update Nexus7 To Android 4.1.2 JZO54K With Stock Recovery

Google's servers has rolled out the official Android 4.1.2 with landscape support. If your Nexus 7 is running Android 4.1.1 build JRO03D, you could use ADB sideload method to flash it to the latest OS version or do that directly with custom recovery.

How To Manually Update tablet/phone To Android 4.1.2 JZO54K With Stock Recovery
* First download the zip file that is about 32Mb on your computer.
* Power off your device and connect to your computer by USB cable. Hold the Volume Up, Volume Down, and the Power Button to get fastboot menu, navigate to the Recovery Mode using volume button and confirm that by pressing the Power Button, then press Power + VolUp and select "Apply update from adb".
* Make sure your PC has enabled adb. Go to your adb directory, right-click in the window , and select "open command prompt here" and type in the following commands
 adb devices
 adb sideload {location of file}
I put the file on C:\update\ota.zip, so I type in "adb sideload C:\path-to-ota\ota.zip". If the processing is finished, it will display "sending: 'sideload' 100%". Now reboot again.

Fly & record HD video with AR.Drone 2.0

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is new expensive wi-fi quadricopter. It sports a standard-definition camera pointing at the ground and another 720p camera. With AR.FreeFlight 2.0 app, you are able to turn your Android tablet or smartphone into remote-control flying and HD video-recording device.
It is easy to setup the AR.Drone 2.0. You need to connect it to your tablet over Wi-Fi 802.11A/B G and N. Then start to fly and control the direction of Drone.

The control app works great on galaxy nexus 4.1. However, when I test it on my Nexus 7, the accelerometer always respond very slowly. And I have to go into setting and change joy pad mode for fixing the issue.


Enable Firefox reader mode on Android

With the version 16 update, Firefox for Android bring up  Reader Mode feature that is similar to Safari's new 'Reader' and Kindle Fire's Reading View. Wihle you are browsing some web-sites with distractions, Reader Mode could let you focus on the content of the article which you are actually wanting to read. This works very well on nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

How to enable Reader Mode in Firefox on Android tablet or phone
* Loading the Web page in browser, and tapping on the book icon next to the URL at the top. The processing is very simple.
* The mode basically leave out flashing advertisements,links, polls, menus, and other sidebar elements. Now you are able to focus on the content.
* If you want to save the article to your reading list, change the font size, or turn the theme from black on white, tapping on one of the icons at the bottom.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Internet video conference with Cisco WebEx meetings

To enhance online team collaboration, Cisco WebEx web conferencing service can help you host any business meeting online with interactive and highly effective. It brings up the solutions for online meetings, remote support and generous tablet and mobile apps (including Android nexus 7, iPad, iPhone, blackberry phone/Playbook and samsung galaxy note).

Cisco WebEx Meetings for Android offers a way to join, start or schedule meetings on the tablet with HD video and great quality audio. This is similar to Skype and Facetime calling.

With the Version 2.5.0.1 updated, now you are able to have 2-way video on the N7. I set up a session on my company's Webex and then join it. Everything operates flawlessly. The attending meetings are much easier on the go. Only complaint is that there  is a little stuttery with the streaming video.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Parental Control apps for Android tablet

If you lend your child a miniature computer like nexus 7 or Galaxy Tab 2, they easily find some offensive sites and material. So you need android parental control app to monitor your kid's activities and give them limitative rights on the tablet. There are some great parental control and monitoring apps on the Google Play store.

* Kids Place
The app restricts babies, toddlers and teenagers to apps you have approved on custom home screen and protects your personal data. It can also disabe all WiFi signals, and configure specified amount of time. Now I am able to totally relaxed leaving my N7 to my daughter with free time.

* Funamo Parental Control
Funamo does turn tablet into a safe device for kids, and works flawless on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It features safe browsing on Chrome browser, such as highly robust internet filtering and safeSearch with Youtube videos and Yahoo, and also protectes Settings and store, allows you to setup school-time and log the device's contacts, calls and applications.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Can you auto-open pdf files within Android browser

While I access websites using the Chrome on my Nexus 7 or   Galaxy Tab, I have to download the PDF, word or other documents and then manually open them by Acrobat Reader from the Downloads. The process spends lots of time waiting for that and managing all files. Can I directly click on the link and auto-launch a PDF file within the Chrome or other browser? So I can view files linked in web pages. How to resolve the problem? The default browser doesn't support the feature. To open PDF within the browser, you could try the following work around. * Download and install Dolphin Browser from the Google Play store. Then  download PDF reader plugin for Dolphin to your device and install it. Now you are able to view a PDF attachment from an HTML page.

B-Folders Password Manager for Android devices

There are lots of apps keeping your sensitive information safe on Android smartphone or tablet, such as contact and credit card details, users login information for sites. To prevent them from prying, I recommends using B-Folders Password Manager by JointLogic Ltd for the business.

B-Folders offers secure way to create folders for storing data like password, contact, task, bookmark and journal. All sensitive data is fully encrypted with 256-bit AES cipher and doesn't use with any 3rd parties cloud services. With their desktop client, you can easily sync your private information to Windows, Mac and Linux.

After giving up Palm smartphone, the app works like a charm on my Nexus 7 and Galaxy S2. I use it to store various types of passwords and backup. Effortless sync and transfer to Windows 7 desktop.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

nexus 7 mind mapping tools

With using Mind mapping tools, you can create and represent various types of schemes, thoughts and ideas and apply them on presentations, projects and meeting. There are some best mind mapping tools for nexus 7 on Google Play store.

* SimpleMind Free mind mapping by ModelMaker Tools
A simple but very useful way to collect structure thoughts and draw a mind map. The app supports Undo/Redo, move, regroup and change styles. I have used it on N7 without any crashing or bugs.

* iMindMap HD by ThinkBuzan
The app offers a limitless workspace to organising tasks, capturing ideas and makeing note-taking. It looks awesome but locks on a pricey cloud and lacks of some important features. I couldn't remove a branch and have to delete whole map.